USDA opens public comments on Monsanto’s H1-7 GM beet


By Rady Ananda

No-GMO campaigns won victories recently in Bolivia, Luxembourg, and Japan (at least temporarily), while Bulgaria saw the introduction of a bill to clearly label all genetically modified products and to ban distribution of GM food to children. We’re not so lucky here in the States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated over 79 GM products – the most recent being a genetically engineered (GE) soybean line developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Now, APHIS seeks public input on deregulating Monsanto’s GE sugar beet known as H1-7.

You know you have something to say. You have until June 28 to do so. At this link, you can read the Notice and submit a comment.

The USDA finds GE beets just fine and safe. It unscientifically refuses to acknowledge crop contamination, mass bee and butterfly die-off from pesticides, and an explosion in obesity, diabetes and food allergies in the US since the introduction of GE foods. When the government says “science-based,’ in plain speak that means profit-based. Some multinational corporation stands to make a fantastic fortune.

Monsanto’s H1-7 sugar beets are genetically modified to withstand – you guessed it – Monsanto’s toxic pesticide, RoundUp. The USDA continues to ignore mounting evidence that North America’s pollinators are dying because of the heavy chemical pesticide sprays on agricultural crops. Nero fiddles while Rome burns. They do not care about the environment or public safety. They have only one value: money.

Click here to read comments already posted. Be sure to click the Public Submissions box under Document Type.

Or, you might want to refer to Jim Riddle’s Ten good reasons why GMOs are not compatible with organic agriculture. His last item strikes a chord with me. I am forever amazed at the gall of these ecocidal corporations that insist on selling us a product we simply don’t want. Can you imagine Ford getting laws passed to require people to buy its failed Edsel? How bad must the product be if the only way they can sell it is by forcing people to buy it? Is this mafia capitalism?

Talk about a criminal government. When you recognize that these chemical corporations have caused countless poisonings of the environment and of humanity, and now want to force us into eating their lab concoctions, it certainly gives meaning to the term evil.

Background on GM beets

In 1998 the USDA approved these GE beets for planting, and, over time, allowed increased levels of pesticide residue, reports the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Today, 95% of all US beets are genetically modified, reports Greenwire.

In January 2008, CFS and Earthjustice sued the USDA on behalf of Organic Seed Alliance, Sierra Club, and High Mowing Organic Seeds for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). (Center for Food Safety v. Charles Connor, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture, No. C-08-484, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California)

In March of this year, Judge Jeffrey White denied a temporary injunction against planting this year, but ordered the EIS. White also warned Defendants to “take all efforts, going forward, to use conventional seed,” reports Greenwire. The court will hear arguments in July on whether to ban the GM beets.

Make a Public Comment

There are several reasons to support the ban of genetically engineered food. Contamination of natural species, the rise in pesticide-resistant superweeds, chemical pollution of streams, mass pollinator die-off, and risk to human health are but a few.

Make a public comment at this link by June 28, or mail in your comment:

Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0047, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0047.

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